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Curtis Lipscomb List

Building a better future for Detroit's black LGBTQ community

Since 1994,  KICK! and its founder and executive director Curtis Lipscomb have filled a unique role in local LGBTQ advocacy efforts by focusing on the intersection of LGBTQ and African American identity.

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Opinion: Change Michigan law, not yourself

Incredibly, if you are lesbian or gay, bisexual or transgender and work in Michigan you can be fired for simply being who you are. Curtis Lipscomb of KICK, a Detroit agency for LGBT African Americans, says the time to change the law is now.

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Model D TV: LGBT leaders of color roundup

Our partnership with Between the Lines and the HOPE Fund produced over a year's worth of Model D TV episodes on LGBT leaders of color. Enjoy this recap compiled by M-1 Studios, featuring videos by Tom Hendrickson, Tony Eggert and DETROIT LIVES!

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Say yes, Michigan: Marriage equality now

While it's becoming clear that support for same-sex marriage is increasing, with Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota recently joining nine other states in making it legal, Michigan still has some work to do, says Matthew Piper.

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Model D TV: LGBT leader of color Alfredo Smith

The boy who wanted to be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson ended up a man who advocates on behalf of transgender rights and HIV and substance abuse prevention. Video producer Tony Eggert shines a light on Alfredo Smith.  
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